Several weeks ago my two nephews were hit by a car while riding a bicycle. One was nearly killed. To avoid such accidents, both drivers and cyclists should do several things.
First of all drivers should be aware of pedestrians and people on bikes, especially kids on bikes. Drivers might allow extra space for kids. Watch the speed limit, and be extra careful at night.
Kids on bikes should wear their helmets, and bright clothing. Watch for traffic. Ride only in designated areas to avoid accidents.
Both drivers and bikers have a right to be on the road but both need to be aware of each other and work together to avoid accidents.